New leisure centre is progressing well despite COVID-19

Date published: 09 April 2020
Market Rasen Leisure Centre before the current lockdown
Market Rasen Leisure Centre before the current lockdown

The construction of the new multi-million leisure centre in Market Rasen is developing well - despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Whilst many businesses have been forced to close, the government has said construction sites can continue to operate as long as they follow public health guidance on social distancing.

As previously reported, work started on the state of the art facility for the local community in May last year. The new facility will include: a 3G Pitch, multi-use fitness studios, dance studio, a four court sports hall, a 40-station gym, changing facilities and a meeting room/party hosting area.

Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Owen Bierley praised the work of Morgan Sindall Construction for continuing to develop the project, given the current situation.

He said: “I am pleased to see the new Leisure Centre in Market Rasen is progressing well. A few people have contacted us to ask if the work should still go ahead given the concerns about Covid-19.

“We have sought assurance from Morgan Sindall Construction who have assured us that extra measures have been put in place to reduce the number of people on site, whilst they still push ahead with the construction of this fantastic facility.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank them all for their continued support on the build of our Leisure Centre which will be welcomed by the community once it is open for business. We will continue to monitor the situation, given the ever-changing guidance.”

Morgan Sindall Construction is working on the centre on Gainsborough Road, which will be set over two storeys and was designed by CPMG Architects.

Sean Bowles, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall Construction said: “ We are closely following the latest government advice, which states that Construction sites can continue to operate providing they follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing.”

“As a business, we have reduced our presence on site to those who absolutely cannot carry out their work from home, and are ensuring that our operations adhere to the measures laid out in the latest PHE guidance.”

“Our position on this matter is under continuous review and we will advise you further if anything changes.”

The new leisure centre is expected to be ready by late May – early June 2020.

Whilst it is not known when leisure centres across the Country will be open for business as usual – don’t forget there are lots of things we can be doing to keep fit and active. Walking, running and cycling locally are all permitted under current guidelines. (Please check latest guidance).

The NHS also have a great range of workouts suitable for doing at home, great for keeping fit both physically and mentally. You can find general advice and examples of good exercises for a range of abilities at www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/ including 10-minute workouts you can do at home. There are videos to follow at www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home. While being stuck at home you may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

Did you know that evidence shows exercise can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

There is a wide range of tips and advice available to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

A new confidential mental health helpline, which is a joint initiative across health and social care – including Lincolnshire County Council – and the third sector is available if you need help, support or just another person to talk to. The helpline  is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can support with feelings of low mood, anxiety and stress, call 0800 001 4331.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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